From New Scientist, what it’s like to live with the constant, crushing realization that you are dead:
Nine years ago, Graham woke up and discovered he was dead. He was in the grip of Cotard’s syndrome. People with this rare condition believe that they, or parts of their body, no longer exist.
For Graham, it was his brain that was dead, and he believed that he had killed it. Suffering from severe depression, he had tried to commit suicide by taking an electrical appliance with him into the bath.
“When I was in hospital I kept on telling them that the tablets weren’t going to do me any good ’cause my brain was dead. I lost my sense of smell and taste. I didn’t need to eat, or speak, or do anything…everything was meaningless.”
Neurologist Adam Zeman said, “He felt he was in a limbo state caught between life and death.”
Some people with Cotard’s have reportedly died of starvation, believing they no longer needed to eat.